EPL: Manchester City go top with win at Everton

Champions Manchester City have returned to the top of the English Premier League with a 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Thursday (NZ time).

Both City and Liverpool have 62 points, but the Manchester outfit have the upper hand on goal difference, having played one game more than Juergen Klopp's side.         

Liverpool could go top again with a win or draw against Bournemouth on Sunday.

The match was a re-arranged fixture caused by City advancing to the League Cup final. The visitors took the lead right on halftime when French defender Aymeric Laporte was left unattended to head home a David Silva free kick curled in from the left.

The goal was the 17th conceded by Everton from a set-piece this season in all competitions.      

Two of City's substitutes combined for the second goal deep in stoppage time with Kevin De Bruyne playing Gabriel Jesus in on goal.          

Although the Brazilian's shot was blocked by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford, he reacted quickly to head home the loose ball.